ArgumentNo. 5/2013

Street museum. Taking the museum activities out in the public space

Abstract

Architecture is defined classically as built form, opposed to the open space by marking the threshold between inside and outside. The enclosure represents a material delimitation between the two areas which have different activities, behaviors and experiences assigned to them.

In the present time we witness a tendency of dematerializing the threshold which becomes diffuse and turns itself into a conceptual space, negociating the inside/outside interrelationship.

In order to exemplify this kind of situations, we shall concentrate upon the museum which breaks its physical limits and takes out its activities into the public space, into the street which thus converts from transition zone to being exploited at a cultural level. Hereby we also witness the modification of the common type of activities and cognition that the street relates to. These facts avail the emergence of a temporal architecture whose characteristics and implications – at an architectural level, but also sociologically and anthropologic – we wish to expose.

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